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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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868 Ratings

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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Riccymon on 08-20-2009)
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Photo of ThirdEyePA


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-05-2011 03:45:46 | More by ThirdEyePA
Photo of mpyle


4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pale gold color, and brilliantly clear. Pours a rocky white head with moderate retention.

Aroma is piney hops, and generally quite clean.

Biscuity malt flavor, followed by a nice gentle hop flavor. Finishes gently bitter, and this bitterness lingers into the finish.

Medium body and low-medium carbonation. No astringency or warming, the mouthfeel is fairly non-descript and unoffensive.

Overall a nice little hoppy ale with that New Belgium tweak. Very pleasant and clean, and not overpowering in any way.

08-27-2011 23:41:50 | More by mpyle
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a very slightly unclear, but pretty clear golden color with a big, thick, rocky head with some nice carbonation. Has some real nice lacing.

S: Distinctly floral hops. Smells nice. According to the bottle it is a blend of 5 hops and 4 malts. The hops stand out more as would be expected. The hop combinations combine to make a very nice smell. Not super strong but nice and pleasant.

T: Like the smell the taste is good hop combinations. A sharp floral hop presence with a bite to it. Maltiness doesn't really make it through as much but something is there. The hops are the star here. The malts serve to create some balance and an interesting different taste than just basic ale bitterness.

M: Thin to medium and crisp. Pretty smooth too though.

D: Drinkable and refreshing from so much hops. It is definitely easy to drink.

Notes: Not what I was expecting from the name hoptober. Should I wait until october to drink this? Because other than opening one during October I see no relation at all to a fall seasonal. That said it is supposedly a combination of the hops left at the end of the season. In that sense it lives up to its description. A hop blend, not spectacular, but nice and refreshing.

Edit: The more I have this beer the more impressed I am by the appearance and hop aroma/taste. It is pretty tasty beer when you need some hops that aren't too over the top.

08-20-2009 15:35:43 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of Fitzmke


4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-07-2012 21:47:52 | More by Fitzmke
Photo of pmccallum86


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a clear golden color with a two finger bubbly head that leaves lacing down the sides of the glass as it dissipates.

The smell is of lemon zest, grass and biscuity malt.

The taste is similar to the smell, lemon notes, grassy earthy notes, biscuit malt and a variety of hops.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Good drinkability, goes down smooth and refreshingly.

11-21-2009 23:36:53 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of famous_mortimur


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-29-2013 23:31:19 | More by famous_mortimur
Photo of drumrboy22


3.18/5  rDev -16.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass. Beer was a golden straw color, with a one-finger, foamy white head. Moderate carbonation and heavy lacing.

Aroma was light hops, citrus, grass and spices.

Taste was lightly hoppy, apples and grains. Very crisp and clean. Easy drinking, but a bit on the plain side.

11-02-2009 04:49:42 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of uwmgdman


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

The beer pours a brilliant golden color with a clingy, moderate white head. The aroma is highly hoppy-citrus and floral. The flavor is highly hoppy as well, citrusy with a bit of sweet, doughy malt in the background. The hop bitterness is medium-high; this combined with a slightly dry finish yields a hop forward beer. The carbonation and body are medium. Overall a well brewed beer, nothing out of this world but certainly tasty.

11-14-2009 04:52:57 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a rich golden yellow color and a thick cloud-like eggshell-colored head. The aroma is dominated by pine and earth hop characteristics, with maybe a little lemon creeping in as well. The flavor is likewise primarily driven by a dull, earthy hop character up front with a bit of peppery spice, all balanced by a comparatively subtle nutty sweetness. Finely carbonated, this one is easy to drink but not special in that regard, although it is noted that it tastes lighter than I would have expected for 6% alcohol. Overall, it is a solid, hop-forward golden ale.

10-22-2010 01:52:47 | More by devilben02
Photo of jskennedy


3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-27-2012 03:38:39 | More by jskennedy
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Thought I was getting into a Marzen style beer, was suprised after the pour and the aroma, hopefully it's for the better

Appearance-BMC like body. Head is a 2 finger off white head with some big tight bubbles. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell-Some nice floral hops, really suprised me, then realized the beer was called Hoptober, makes sense to me now. Some malts and light wheat.

Taste-Upfront a lot of Hop bitterness that carrys over to a spicey, light maltness. Hops carry through to the finish with some light bitterness and some nice floral hops.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated, light bodied. Finish is kind of dry.

Overall-More of the same from New Belgium, simple but good beers for a reasonable price, and thats what you're getting here.

09-27-2011 02:40:53 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of CaptainIPA


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Served on-tap at Harry's on Oakland. Presented in a frosted pint glass. Bad form, mates.

Pours a bright and polished gold with a frothy, pitted head that exhibits excellent lacing.

Opens big with an infusion of hops, tart citrus accents (primarily lemon) and an uber-crisp mouthfeel. Bitterness moves to the back of the tongue. Malts now come into play with toasty warmth and spice. A pronounced graininess enters into the fray. As Hoptober warms, the balance swings back to hops. More lemon, now with a dash of pepper, surfaces. Finishes with a pleasant note of malt sweetness.

A well-balanced American Blonde seasonal with lots of interesting interplay between hops and malts. Find it while it's still on tap.

09-22-2010 15:14:39 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of beerbrains


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-08-2012 04:39:23 | More by beerbrains
Photo of yaksurf

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-29-2012 16:12:03 | More by yaksurf
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-30-2012 15:18:03 | More by wakajawaka76
Photo of Nbdreher

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

08-19-2014 18:13:00 | More by Nbdreher
Photo of blakelive784


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Served on tap into a generic pint glass-

A - presents a nice, golden color with a white head of one finger and poor retention. Lacing is rather good, though.

S - honey sweet nose backed by mild, generic American hops. Mild in strength.

T - sweet honey and barley on the open, followed by a hit of cascade and centennial hops. Simple, but Balanced well and built very nicely. I'm actually very impressed.

M - smooth and wet. Highly carbonated. Actually suits the beers flavors nicely.

D - very nice. Simple, balanced well and very drinkable. I'm very surprised by this one and I'd have it again.

10-27-2011 23:26:20 | More by blakelive784
Photo of wo87810


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-22-2011 19:44:39 | More by wo87810
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Best before 01 January 2012.

Pours crystal clear and golden. Good carbonation, thick, white, sparkly (almost soapy-looking) foam. Plenty of lacing. Crisp, clean hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, some pine resin. Some caramel malt in the background. Flavor is light and hoppy - more grapfruit with a nice planty, floral bent. Caramel/toffee sweetness. The mouthfeel is very delicate and silky. The beer explodes into a light, carbonated foam in your mouth. A great well-balanced, light beer, although it seems to be missing some of the boldness that I look for in autumnal offerings and that is promised on the label.

08-29-2011 23:24:42 | More by goldbot
Photo of Bloodbuzz99


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-02-2012 20:48:10 | More by Bloodbuzz99
Photo of Spineypanda


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Hoptober reminds me of a less harsh Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Although its IBU's are 3 points higher at 40 than Sierra Nevada's, it seems a bit more palatable.

It has a nice hoppy flavor, but with a bit of a citrus or orange flavor.

The color is nice and golden... makes sense considering it is a golden ale.

This is now one of my more favorite Oktoberfest brews, although it has Magic Hat's to compete against.

09-23-2009 02:12:24 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of Yoda22

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-28-2012 20:39:06 | More by Yoda22
Photo of DMc8ride


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-28-2013 20:18:47 | More by DMc8ride
Photo of akinsja


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-28-2011 16:12:45 | More by akinsja
Photo of elcrawl


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-15-2013 03:14:57 | More by elcrawl
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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